10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT

(Loxodonta africana)

Four females reside at Seneca Park Zoo. Genny C and Lilac were born in South Africa in 1977 and 1978, respectively, and came to live at the Zoo in 1979. Moki and Chana were both born in Zimbabwe in 1982 and joined the Zoo family in April of 2015. Read more about our new arrivals here. All of our elephants respond to, and understand, more than 50 verbal commands. To date, they are the only African elephants in New York.


Please note:
While Moki and Chana acclimate to their new home, the Elephant Barn Atrium may be closed to the public. All elephants will have access to the yard when animal care staff determines the animals are ready.



ABOUT THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. The biggest threats to African elephants are the ivory trade and habitat destruction. Poaching for meat and ivory significantly reduced the population of African elephants in the 20th century. The African elephant has governmental protection, but such poaching is still a serious threat to the species. In Africa, some people have resorted to culling large amounts of elephants to help sustain the ecosystem and reduce the elephant population. The Seneca Park Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan for the African elephant.

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HABITAT

African elephants, like those that live at the Seneca Park Zoo, can be found in open forests and grasslands in Africa.

DIET

Elephants eat leaves, branches, fruit and grasses. They consume 300 pounds of food and 50 gallons of water every day.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • African elephants stand 8- to 12-feet tall at the shoulder and weigh between 7,000 and 12,000 pounds.
  • Elephants are the largest terrestrial animal.
  • African elephants have characteristically larger ears and tusks compared to the smaller species, the Asian elephant.
  • An elephant’s tusks are also its teeth. One important use for the tusks is digging for water. They are used for digging for roots and stripping the bark off trees for food, for fighting each other during mating season, and for defending themselves against predators.
  • A group of elephants is a herd consisting of females, young males and calves. This group is considered matriarchal, led by the oldest female.
  • At birth, a baby elephant, called a calf, weighs approximately 200 pounds and will nurse for about 4 years.